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Singing fish in an ocean of noise: effects of boat noise on the plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus) in a natural ecosystem
Cullis-Suzuki, S. (2016). Singing fish in an ocean of noise: effects of boat noise on the plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus) in a natural ecosystem, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 171-179. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_20
In: Popper, A.N.; Hawkins, A. (Ed.) (2016). The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc: New York. ISBN 978-1-4939-2980-1. xxx, 1292 pp., more
In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0065-2598, more
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Keywords
    Communication; Marine
Author keywords
    Vocalization; Predator–prey interactions; In situ

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  • Cullis-Suzuki, S.

Abstract
    When it comes to hearing and vocal communication in fishes, the plainfin midshipman (Porichthys notatus) is perhaps best understood. However, distinctly lacking are studies investigating communication of P. notatus in its natural ecosystems and the effects of noise on wild fish populations. Here, an exploratory look into both is discussed. By monitoring a population of wild P. notatus off British Columbia, Canada, call patterns were distinguished, the function of communicative sounds was identified, and midshipman vocalizations in agonistic encounters with natural predators were evaluated. A preliminary investigation into the effects of boat noise on wild midshipman is also described.

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